Green Winged Teal - Anas carolinensis
Green winged teal is a common duck, the smallest dabbling duck of North America and stays during summer in the more Northern areas of Canada. It is a strongly migratory bird, wintering in Southern USA and Mexico.
- Green Winged Teal (en)
- Cerceta americana (es)
- Sarcelle à ailes vertes (fr)
- Amerikanische Krickente (de)
How to Identify
Although smaller than other similar ducks, size can be misleading when you are not able to compare sizes in the field. I look for males. They have a brown head with a clearly visible green eye patch. Females are more difficult to identify. A hint is the green color patch on the inner wings which you can see if the bird flies or spreads its wings.
Where & When to Spot
I observed two females or juveniles on a pond in Newfoundland but I haven’t saved that location as the it was my first sighting and I was not 100% sure about the id. The second time, I observed a flock of green winged teal on a pond in Park Pointe-aux-Prairies. This time no doubt about the id.